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Press Release | Feb. 27, 2023

Coast Guard to hold decommissioning ceremony for USCGC Decisive Thursday

PENSACOLA, Fla— The Coast Guard is scheduled to decommission USCGC Decisive (WMEC 629), a 210-foot, Reliance-class medium endurance cutter during a ceremony 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Naval Air Station Pensacola. 

WHO: Vice Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area; Cmdr. Aaron W. Delano-Johnson, commanding officer of Decisive; and the Decisive crew.

WHAT: A decommissioning ceremony to honor the legacy of Decisive and the Coast Guard members who served as part of its crew during its 55 years of service.

WHEN: Thursday, March 2, at 10 a.m. Media must arrive at the front gate no later than 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Naval Air Station Pensacola, 211 South Ave, Pensacola, Florida 32508.

Media must RSVP no later than 12 p.m. Wednesday by calling (757) 202-3448 or emailing 

Decisive is the third Coast Guard 210-foot, Reliance-class medium endurance cutter to be decommissioned since 2001 as part of modernization efforts across the fleet. Decisive has primarily performed fishery patrols, search and rescue, law enforcement and migrant interdiction operations. Notably, the cutter assumed tactical command of Mississippi Coastal Recovery Base Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina and responded to the largest oil spill in American history— Deepwater Horizon.